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|9 weeks 6 days ago||So, we are winning in the 4th quarter,||
when it counts ....
|10 weeks 6 days ago||My Theory Why Hoke May Win When (please let it||
happen) Brandon is Gone: The head football coach is supposed to be the alpha male, and those who follow will run through walls for him when he requests it. It is built into the DNA of pack animals, such as humans. When Brandon sits in on football meetings (where he doesn't belong), it messes up Brady Hoke's status as the alpha male, and on some deep unconscious level, the players are confused and can't draw upon the level of all out commitment that would normally be present.
And yes, thank you, I received a B+ in Psychology 101 and and an A- in Anthropology at U of M.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Here is my Michigan angle on this.||
Martin played for Harbaugh, a tough dictator type coach in the Schembechler mold who wouldn't tolerate Incognito type behavior on the team. Martin thrived at Stanford to the point where he became a second round NFL draft choice. Jake Long, if I have my timeline down correctly, left the Dolphins just before Martin arrived, thereby leaving an animal like Incognito to assume a leadership position. I certainly don't know Jake Long but with my Michigan colored glasses, I believe that there is a good chance that the locker room tone would have been less harsh with his veteran presence.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||The new scent||
is called "Odeur De Poulet."
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Right, but if that $10 million per student is accurate, and if||
the principle kicked off say 3% per year in interest, that is still $300,000 per year per student, without invading the principle. I don't understand why Princeton would cost so much, given its endowment.
Great topic. My children will be attending (hopefully) college within the next 5 - 10 years and the projected costs are daunting. I will help them out to the extent I can but will not gut my retirement plan to do so. They need to look carefully at the debt they will take on to pay for tuition, and what that will mean for their hopes of obtaining financial security in their lives.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||My favorite:||
"This evening we have a possum moon."
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Nice analysis, Ace. Any insight as to what the problem was||
with rebounding IU's missed free throws in the second half? On at least three occcasions and possibly more, IU missed the front end of a one and one but then recovered the rebound off the miss. I understand the unexpected long bounce off the rim creates problems. Still, it went in IU's favor so often that I couldn't help think that IU was doing something srategic to get those rebonds, or our guys were doing something wrong.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Good post and I think you are on to something.||
I love clean basketball and coach Beilen clearly preaches this and his players practice it. I also believe that there is room in clean basketball to send a message with a clean hard foul. One of the Michigan State bigs (I am not sure who) sent Jordan Morgan to the ground with a hard foul when Jordan Morgan was going for a dunk. Dakich said it wasn't a foul and the refs called a foul. The message the Michigan State player sent was that Michigan State controls the paint and it seemed that Michigan backed down after that.
Michigan doesn't send the same message that it controls the paint. I don't know whether going for so many charges is good or bad. I do know that the Michigan defense doesn't send a message that their opponents have any reason to fear going in the paint.
I know Brian and others have mentioned that from a statistical analysis, running your offense through big players in the paint is less efficient than effective outside shooting. However, on a more primal level, the team that is is able to be aggressive in the paint sets an overall tone that spills over to all other areas of the game.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||You Tube: Hitler Reacts to Notre Dame loss to Michigan||
Don't know how to embed a video. Someone please embed the youtube video with this title. The humor may bring tears to your eyes.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Why read literature?||
Because it helps us make sense out of our world. The connection Brian makes between focusing on doing one's job (pulling the refridgerator) as opposed to focusing on people knowing that you are dong a great job is pure gold.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||A few years ago, the police killed a couger here in Chicago.||
The Chicago Tribune reported that a DNA analysis revealed that the couger originated from Montana or some other western state. It is amazing the creature roamed so far. Sad that the couger died, but no tranquilizers were availbable at the time and police believed that human lives were in jeopardy.
Cougers are in the UP and northern lower peninsua as well, but one in Ann Arbor seems far fetched, but not impossible.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||Matt D, Excellent work. I was wondering||
whether a statistical analysis of this year's defense compared to last year was possible and you did it. I am not sure why some of the comments are so harsh against you. With my maize and blue colored glasses, I see that this year's defense is better and that it will get much better throughout the year. The truth is that none of us will know for certain how good the defense is into we get well into the big ten season. I am excited by 4 and 0 and likely 5and 0 record next week. However, I need to remind my self that this is about how the last two seasons started as well. Your analysis provides a good cautionary note.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Jalen Rose's charitable support of education certainly is||
worthy. My point is that I wish he would have softened the harmful "Uncle Tom" talk in his documentary. Again, he doesn't believe that now, but I would have liked that to be clearer in the film. It leaves open the possiblity for some to misinterpret him as still believing that way.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Get Off Of My Lawn!||
I feel like the Clint Eastwood Character in Gran Torino in saying what I am about to say.
I agree with Grant Hill on this one, although his tone was too preachy. Rose in his documentary should have repudiated his prior "Uncle Tom" statement. I get the point that this is what he used to believe, but he doesn't say what he believes now. I have heard that in recent media appearances, he explains his opinion, but he should have done so in the documentary.
We couldn't keep our eyes off of the fab five because (1) they were awesomely talented and (2) there was a fish out of water sense about them - inner city kids who embraced hip hop culture in an elite university setting.
The hip/hop notion that one can act "too white" by studying hard and embracing middle class values is harmful to the vast majority of under privileged inner city kids. Jalen Rose should have clearly rejected it in the documentary. Jalen Rose came from that environment and is a success but very few are blessed with the athleticism to be able to follow him. Grant Hill is a better role model because his focus on educational values will help many more.
One final point: while I loved following the fab five at the time, a little part of me feels guilty because they in no way represented the better values of our University. Some one else made the point that they could have gone to any university and created the same sensation. By mere chance they chose ours, yet they had no real connection to what it stands for. Those who attack Grant Hill merely because he criticises our fab five seem to have adobted the SEC and OSU views that "we don't care if cheating occured, as long as it is not too obvious and we win." As Michigan fans, we are better than that. Our University stands for excellence. Our teams are disciplned, tough, hard nosed, and they play by the rules. Chris Webber by taking money didn't play by the rules, and the wins are tainted.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Please stop picking on the guy.||
Ezeh gives more of his heart and soul to Michigan than you and I ever did or will.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||This is more than a little disturbing.||
Here are some random thoughts:
1. There will need to be less hitting in practice. There seems to be a cumulative effect of many "minor" hits to the head.
2. There will need to be a lot more education of coaches about recognizing the signs of concussion and keeping kids out of the game/practice when there is suspicion that a player has sustained one.
3. I have heard it said that in 20 years, when researchers know more about the long term effect of concussions, a lot of middle class families won't let their children play football. However, the game is so big that it will always exist.
4. I will continue to watch this issue. I have to admit that my conscience is slightly troubled by the thought that my love and passion for Michigan football is associated with a game where some of the kids may be sustaining long term brain damage.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||These stats are amazing, but did you sense how Denard||
put the team on his shoulders on the final drive? The several prior drives looked sluggish. When it mattered most, you could feel Denard running with more authority, willing the team to win. What comes to mind is watching Michael Jordan, and the way you knew that he was not going to let his team lose.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Espn reports that Coach Rodriguez called the last||
play that Robinson ran as a running play that centered the ball for the field goal, in case Robinson didn't make it.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||Looked the painting up on Wikipedia. It is by Leonardo Da Vinci||
Jesus just announced that he will soon be betrayed. The apostle whom Brady is hugging is James. I wonder if James is more stunned by Jesus' announcement or the fact that Tom Brady is hugging him?
I also wonder if James is worried that the other apostles will think that he is the one who will betray Jesus, given that this wierd quarterback/time warp thing is happening to him?
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Rufus' Poor Upper Body Strength||
Despite poor technique, Rufus probably makes the first tackle if his arms were stronger. An offseason under Barwis and Rufus not only makes the tackle at the 20 but the collateral damage also takes out the FD.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||I do recall a Michigan guy tackling Brutus on the field||
in Ann Arbor about this time. He was on the field and not in uniform so I assumed he was a recruit. He dove at Brutus' legs and took him down, which ripped off the Ohio State flag. Brutus got up and threatened him with the flag staff. It was crazy and hilarious. Michigan 28, Ohio State 0. (1983)
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Rash, I call dibs on this photo for my avatar,||
unless you want it.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||I wish I could have felt that way but I honestly did not. Even||
when we did score on our final drive, I still wasn't comfortable until Crist's final pass went into the Tuba section.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||The recent Doctor Saturday article that was board linked here||
made a good point that the media will overreact to the results of today's game, but no one will really know how good Michigan and Notre Dame are until later in the season. While I would like to believe Michigan is great this year, I really don't know. We won't know until we run through the gauntlet of Michigan State, Iowa, Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio State. I frankly don't care if the media says that we are awesome or unimpressive. Lets just enjoy the journey.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Crist going out for most of 1st half was also a lucky break.||
Not sure if we win if he would have stayed in. Glad the guy was not hurt. If he had a head injury, should he have even gone back in? Another break was the recovery of our own fumble.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||The guy keeps scratching the fleas on his left shoulder.||
I am not sure who I like better, this guy or the red neck rocker.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Denard can throw over the top of the defense.||
It sounds like Kelly doesn't expect him to do so, but because he doesn't know for sure, he can't bring the safeties too close to the line. And by not doing so, he leaves space for Denard Robinson's shorter passes (and runs). This is the beauty of Michigan's offensive system.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Brian Griese.||
Tate's Dad should remind Tate of what went on with one of my favorite Michigan players. Brian Griese was in Coach Carr's dog house one year and leading Michgan to a national championship the next. You never know what will happen, and you will never get a chance to find out unless you stick around.
Also, lets take it easy on the kid. I know how immature I was at 19 to 20 years old and I would hate to see my missteps under a microscope like this. I am sure that the ones who love and care about him will have the hard discussions with him about the error of his ways.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||I like Matt Millen as a commentater.||
When the U Conn's punter shanked it, Millen said "That was pathetic!" He stated early that Michigan would do well because the offensive line was dominating. Stay in the booth Mr. Millen and please don't manage another football team.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Agreed. We should have called a time out. Also give credit||
to U Conn's coach for the quick snap fourth down play.